Monday, August 10, 2009

County Funding & the Parkway

Parks, traditionally at the end of the line for funding, will suffer even more it appears; as County funding seems to be shrinking once again, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.

Fortunately, the planning for an eventual Joint Powers Authority (JPA) is underway that might possibly include Sacramento County, the cities of Folsom, Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento, and the Cal Expo area, (10% of the Parkway is within Cal Expo, which is owned by the state).

If the JPA is formed, our suggestion is for the JPA to create a nonprofit 501 c (3) organization to take responsibility for daily management and philanthropic fund raising to supplement Parkway funding, as noted in this earlier post.

An excerpt from the Bee story.

“Sacramento County's general fund shortfall – which has become a moving target over the past year – has jumped to $50.5 million, the Board of Supervisors learned Tuesday.

“Just a week earlier, the deficit was set at $37.6 million. Only weeks before that, the board had cut programs and laid off hundreds of employees to balance the previous fiscal year's budget.

“Tuesday's report from Chief Operations Officer Nav Gill helped drive home the realization that more job and program cuts will come in the months ahead.”